I wonder what subtle form of manslaughter is next on the program. Am I to be dropped into a vat of molten steel and become part of a new skyscraper, or are you going to ask this female to kiss me again and poison me to death?
Ernest Lehman (b.1920), U.S. screenwriter. Alfred Hitchcock. Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant), North by Northwest, Thornhill is speaking sarcastically to enemy agent Phillip Vandamm (James Mason) about his murderous intentions and his equally dangerous mistress, Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint). (1959).